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If you’re a bassist — you’re in the right place. World renowned bassist and educator Scott Devine in conversation with some of the best and most well respected bass players around the world.

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71 - The Confusing World of Bass Pickups - Part 1

Hey, Scott here... and we’re back with another brand-new podcast for you!

At some point, we all wonder what life would be like with different pickups in our bass. Yet it’s the ONE thing that most of us dare not mess with! Even to experienced bass players, terms like impedance, inductance, resonant frequency and ohmic load can make things pretty confusing. In today’s episode, we dig into some of the technical basics and get to grips with everything a bass player needs to know on the topic of pickups.

In this episode you’re going to learn:

  • Why pickups are important.
  • How they impact your tone.
  • Does the positioning matter?
  • Series vs Parallel wiring.
  • Single Coil vs. Humbucker. Which is Better?
  • And much, much more.

Jan 26, 2023
70 - We're giving away $50,000 worth of bass gear?! WTF! (full gear breakdown)

Ready to win $50,000 in awesome bass prizes? Up for grabs is Scott’s Ken Smith Black Tiger 6-string, Ian’s StingRay 5 and a 1978 Fender Jazz Bass! Our latest giveaway is also a great opportunity to help us raise money for Pencils of Promise, which is a global organization that brings life-changing education to children living in poverty around the world. To date the SBL community has raised over $173,000 and this year we're trying to raise even more! Find out everything you need to know in today’s episode. 

In this episode you’re going to learn:

  • Why are we giving away $50,000 worth of bass gear?
  • From a Collector Series Jazz Bass to a Dingwall D-Roc!
  • How you can enter (and gain bonus entries).
  • Why Eric Clapton is still awesome!
  • And much, much more.

Jan 19, 2023
69 - Sing?! Don’t make me SING. Why you MUST

Being able to sing and play bass gives you a real head start on those who only work the fretboard. Even if you think your singing voice sounds like a strangled cat doing karaoke, everyone can learn to sing, and bass players absolutely should! But it can also be a daunting challenge, whether you have a dynamite voice or can barely carry a tune. In today’s episode we dig into some top tips to maximize your magic as a singing bassist.


In this episode you’re going to learn:

The benefits every bassist can get from singing.

Why it takes practice.

How it can help you get more gigs!

And much more…

Jan 12, 2023
68 - Why Scott is going to therapy. Seriously.

Freud never put anyone from SBL on the couch, but when it comes to life as a bass player, there can often be a sense that you need to remain outwardly grateful, even if you’re struggling. In this episode, we talk through the effects of negative self-talk, the addictive nature of social media and why Scott is heading to therapy.

Jan 05, 2023
203 - From Charlie Parker to Prince: The Ben Williams Interview

When Ben Williams won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2009, he did so by impressing a panel of judges that included bass greats Charlie Haden, Ron Carter and Dave Holland. Lately he’s been keeping himself busy with a host of impressive side projects with artists like Pat Metheny, Sting and vocalist Syndee Winters. In this episode, we get the lowdown on his career so far, and how he juggles life as a bandleader, singer, songwriter and bassist.

In this episode you’re going to learn:

  • How Ben got started with the double bass. 
  • Why he always wanted to be like Prince. 
  • How he approaches upright bass and bass guitar.
  • All about his new project, Butterfly Black.
  • And much more.

Dec 29, 2022
202 - TSA took EVERY SCREW out of my bass

Every touring bass player’s worst nightmare is arriving at their destination only to find their precious bass case smashed to smithereens. Even with airlines allowing guitars as a carry-on, it can still be up to the crew’s discretion. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your bass makes it in one piece. In this episode, Ian shares a TSA horror story along with some of his top travel hacks.

 In this episode you’re going to learn:

  • Why you should give your bass some extra padding when you fly.
  • Which is the best bass case to invest in.
  • How to successfully board a plane with your bass.
  • Why you should never check your bass in at the gate.

And much more.

Dec 22, 2022
201 - The Search for Excalibur (Scott’s Album Bass Search!)

What makes a truly great bass guitar? Is it the way it plays? The way it sounds? How it was built? Or is it all in the hands of the player? Scott and Ian are the knights in today’s virtual round table discussion, and the first thing they’re turning their attention to is the myth that it’s all down to the wood!

In this episode you’re going to learn:

Why Scott is still searching for ‘excalibur’ 

Do basses from different eras really have a different vibe?

Why you should commit to just one bass.

Scott gets super geeky over fingerboard inlays and pickup placement. 

And much more!

Dec 15, 2022
200 - Richard Bona: "I’m a student of music until I am gone"

Richard Bona is arguably one of the greatest bass players since Jaco. He’s someone you can learn a LOT from at any level of your playing. In this special interview recorded for Bass Space 2022, we tracked Richard down to Mark Bass HQ in Italy, to talk about his long-standing love affair with the bass. 

Dec 08, 2022
199 - This bass is (was) a NIGHTMARE! The worst we ever bought

We all love our bass guitars, right? But what if your dream instrument sounds off? Or your longtime favorite bass isn’t playing as well as it did the day you bought it? By repairing instead of replacing, you can bask in the glory of knowing that you’re the kind of bassist who’s axe would survive an apocalypse movie. In today’s episode, Ian and Scott run through the basses they’ve transformed from duds into dream machines!

In this episode you’re going to learn:

Ian reveals the worst bass he’s ever bought (it’s not what you think)

Why Scott’s 1974 Jazz Bass behaves like the Millennium Falcon

Ian’s Gaffer tape hack for treating noisy pickups

Why it’s OK to invest in a bass that isn’t perfect

And much more.

Dec 01, 2022
198 - How to RECORD your bass (at home) and get a BADASS sound on a budget

Recording your bass at home can be a complicated process if you’re just starting out, but luckily it’s within easy reach of anyone with a smartphone! In today’s episode Scott and Ian talk through everything you need to know before you hit that red button, including what gear you need, how much it might cost, and what to expect during the process. 

In this episode you’re going to learn:

The simplest ways to record for social media

Why Roland’s audio mixer for smartphones is so awesome!

All about Ian’s favorite DI pedals

Why we’re revamping the SBL YouTube channel

And much more...

Nov 24, 2022
197 - Scott buys the most INSANE bass. EVER!

Most of us instinctively know when we need a new bass, and it’s all so easy to devote time and effort to finding the next best thing, but starting your own bass collection can easily spiral out of control and end up costing you if you don’t think it through. In this episode Scott and Ian talk through the pros and cons of guitar collecting, including the INSANE bass that’s kicked off Scott’s own habit.

Nov 17, 2022
196 - So the music album is dead? Not so argues John Patitucci

To many musicians making an album has always been the epitome of their art, but with digital streaming taking a hold of the industry, do full length albums still matter? That depends on who you ask! Having recently released the first live album of his incredible career, John Patitucci has put together one of the standout recordings of 2022.

In this episode, we quiz John about his need to still be making albums, the basses he’s played over the years, his chance backstage meeting with Jaco Pastorius, and his Italian tour with Chris Potter and Brian Blade!

Nov 10, 2022
195 - SLAP BASS?! Don't make me SLAP. Why you MUST (Part 2)

There are scores of cool slap bass players out there, but who are the truly great ones? In today’s episode Scott and Ian finish up their talk about slap bass, and why you need to check out their brand-new slap program, the Slap Bass Accelerator. If you want to get properly geeky about all things slap bass, this episode is most certainly for you.

Nov 03, 2022
194 - SLAP BASS?! Don’t make me SLAP. Why you MUST (Part 1)

Slap bass is the ultimate in-joke of bassists everywhere. But it’s also an amazing rhythmic tool that can be found in everything from Flea’s thumps to the sublime grooves of Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten. In the first of a two part special, we trace the course of its Marmite appeal and pick our top 3 slap bass players that you need to hear!

Oct 27, 2022
193 - Can you be JUST A BASSIST?

Despite there being countless benefits, many bass players never think beyond learning to play their first instrument. But for the few that do, a whole world of opportunities awaits. In this episode, Scott and Ian debate over whether or not you should learn to play more than just the bass, and unravel some insights that just might convince you to go for it.

Oct 20, 2022
192 - Are Cruise Ship Gigs A BIG MISTAKE?!

Playing bass on a cruise ship is a great chance to hone your chops, save up some money and see the world. Sounds like an amazing gig, right? Cruise ship life can also be intense with long working hours and no days off for months. Ever wondered if gigging on ships is really worth it? In today’s episode, Scott and Ian talk through the pros and cons of gigging at sea!

Oct 13, 2022
191 - Can You Spend THOUSANDS Of Dollars on Basses But Actually Make Money?!

If you take a punt on an electric bass as a financial investment, how do you know which one to invest in? In terms of making money, big returns are far from guaranteed. But still, if you stick to the biggest names and time your purchase right, you may get lucky and have a hit on your hands. In today’s episode, Scott and Ian discuss whether you can predict which brand is going to be worth the big money.

Oct 06, 2022
190 - Change The Way You Consume Music. It's CRITICAL

Turning on the radio or pushing play on your favorite Spotify playlist often means a few minutes to relax, but if that's the only way you listen to music then you're missing out on an invaluable skill that every bass player should have. In today’s episode, we dive into the science behind intentional listening, and how it can give you the full sonic picture as a musician.

Sep 29, 2022
189 - Is The Golden Era of Boutique Basses Over?

If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spend on a bass, the chances are that you’re looking for more than just another bog-standard 4-string. This kind of money gets you into boutique territory and a world’s worth of luxury instruments. However, with a big budget comes a big responsibility. In this episode Scott and Ian dig into what the future holds for boutique brands like MTD, Ken Smith and Fodera Guitars.

Sep 22, 2022
188 - We bought matching 6-string basses... BUT WHY?!

Many of us will want to own a certain axe because it’s what our favourite bassist plays, be it Victor Wooten’s Fodera, Flea’s Fender Jazz Bass or Nathan East’s Yamaha. We’ve all done it when choosing gear. In today’s episode, Ian and I compare notes on our newly found Ken Smith basses, and discuss what makes them the most playable basses that money can buy!

Sep 15, 2022
187 - Getting Creative with FX: Q&A
Have you always been curious about effects, but just don’t know where to start? Clever use of a stompbox can transform even the most ordinary bass tone into classic. In today’s episode, Ian Allison answers your questions about how they work and some of the obscure differences between them - plus, he offers some pointers for finding your own tone. Time to get stomping!
Sep 08, 2022
186 - 2 Weeks Of CRAZINESS (A Peak Into The Future Of SBL)
From geeking out on Michael Jackson’s Earth Song to meeting Marcus Miller, upcoming Slap Accelerators to a dedicated SBL marketplace, in today’s episode Scott and Ian take a deep dive into SBL’s future plans. So grab your coffee, take a seat, and let’s go!
Sep 01, 2022
185 - Is the bass amp DEAD?!

Most bass players can’t afford to shell out thousands of dollars on a wall of classic amps to do their creative bidding, yet a good amp sim can save you tons of time and money. Run your bass through one of these plugins and you’ll have hundreds of iconic bass tones at your fingertips. In this episode Ian sets out to compare the flexibility of both recording options.

Aug 25, 2022
184 - Are Church Gigs Worth It?
As gloriously varied as it is hugely popular, playing bass on a church gig is no small feat. In this episode, Ian Allison takes a closer look at church music: what it is, what you should expect and some of the best bass players to listen to.
Aug 11, 2022
183 - Tony Levin: How he Rewrote the Rule Book
Tony Levin’s intuitive bass work can be heard on Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ or Kate Bush’s ‘Don’t Give Up’, while his talent pool as a gifted multi-instrumentalist has also been tapped by the likes of King Crimson, John Lennon, Paul Simon and David Bowie. In this special interview for Bass Space 2022, Ian Allison looks back over his remarkable career.
Aug 04, 2022
182 - Chuck Rainey: Mind-boggling Session Stories from a Bass Legend
In this episode Ian Allison talks to Chuck Rainey, one of the most admired bass players in popular music. Chuck has played and recorded with the likes of King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Etta James, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Roberta Flack and Quincy Jones. This is an excerpt from Bass Space 2022.
Jul 28, 2022
181 - Is Spotify Evil?
Having 70 million songs at your fingertips has never been easier, but is Spotify evil when it comes to paying artists? There are various opinions floating around about the platform, but the opportunity for musicians to reach a larger audience and potentially get paid is surely a good thing? In this episode Scott and Ian set out to debunk the biggest myths about one of the world’s most successful streaming services.
Jul 21, 2022
180 - Hubert Eaves IV Interview
Normally bass players are ALL chops or all groove. Hubert Eaves IV has it all. It was back in 1997 when we first discovered his bass playing thanks to Erykah Badu Live. In this episode Ian and Scott talk to Hubert about the making of that incredible album. Who said pocket has to be boring?
Jul 14, 2022
179 - Polygamy and Bass?
Every bass player is on a quest to find their perfect bass. While the stars might align for some players who find the one perfect instrument, the rationale for owning not just two, but many different bass guitars, can be pretty easy to argue, as Ian and Scott explore in this episode.
Jul 07, 2022
178 - Breaking the Rules
Life is a series of choices. And while there isn't an official rulebook for playing bass, there are a few tried-and-tested traditions that we often feel obliged to follow. But following a rule just because it’s there isn’t always the best step forward. In this latest episode, Ian Allison explores how breaking the rules can sometimes help make you more successful.
Jun 30, 2022
177 - Are Bass Solos Over?
We’ve all had that moment when we hear a huge sounding bass solo for the first time, and it just blows us away. We’re talking Cliff Burton on Metallica’s Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), Jaco with Weather Report or Flea with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bass solos might be less fashionable than they were a generation ago, but they still draw us in every time. In this episode Ian and Scott talk you through all you need to know.
Jun 23, 2022
176 - From Boston To Berklee with Oscar Stagnaro
An integral part of Paquito D’Rivera’s band for many years, Oscar Stagnaro has been a Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1988. He’s been largely responsible for the school’s development of Latin education, and in today’s episode he tells Scott about his move to the US and his Surf Rock roots.
Jun 16, 2022
175 - New Bass Day
Whether it’s your very first bass, or another one to add to your collection, buying a new axe should always be an exciting time. Regardless of whether you got a new bass yesterday or 50 years ago. Today, Ian and Scott come together to celebrate a ‘New Bass Day’ for Ian, and discuss some of their newly found bass heroes.
Jun 09, 2022
174 - Making Money as a Musician
The sheer number of different revenue streams available to musicians is higher than it’s ever been in the past. But do you really need god-like knowledge to kickstart your career and grow an income as an artist? In this episode Ian and Scott tackle the topic of how to make money with your music.
Jun 02, 2022
173 - 4 string vs 5 string. Which is Better?
5-string basses seem more popular than ever…so what’s all the fuss about? If you’ve been thinking about getting a 5-string, or maybe even a 6-string bass or beyond! There are a few things that are worth considering. In this episode Scott and Ian discuss the pros and cons. Who knew that adding an extra string could complicate things so much?
May 26, 2022
172 - Should You Stop Listening to Jaco?
Jaco Pastorius is arguably the most ground-breaking electric bassist in history, and at some point we’ve all been propelled to chase down a way to get that sound! But have you ever worried about becoming just another Jaco-alike bass player? In today’s episode Ian and Scott discuss whether it’s time to stop listening to the greatest bass player who has ever lived.
May 19, 2022
171 - Are wedding gigs a CURSE?

Dodgy sound, meddling relatives, DJs who talk too much – every band has had bad wedding gigs and each one presents different annoyances and challenges to try and overcome. Yet weddings are still such a great way of earning an income for musicians. In today’s episode Ian and Scott talk you through all you need to know.

May 12, 2022
170 - Scott's Journey With Focal Dystonia with Scott & Ian

Scott always gets asked the same two questions: 'Why do you wear the glove?!' and 'Should I try wearing one?' He hasn’t always wanted to tell the full story, but he wants to tell it to you now. In today’s episode Scott reveals some of the key hurdles that he’s had to overcome as a result of a condition called Focal Dystonia, and the rehabilitation process that got him back to playing bass!

May 05, 2022
169 - Does Your Bass AMP Even Matter? With Scott & Ian

What a stupid question, right? As bass players, there are few things more satisfying than pulling the trigger on a new bass, but would we be better served expanding our amp collections instead? Will a new amp really make your bass sound any better? In today’s episode Ian and Scott talk you through a couple of different viewpoints that will help you determine how you might spend your hard-earned money. A new bass, or a better amp?

Apr 28, 2022
168 - A New Way to Play: In Conversation with Charles Berthoud

Charles Berthoud has enjoyed a rapid ascent to bass stardom largely thanks to the success of his YouTube channel (Charles currently has more than 1,000,000 subscribers, 40,000 TikTok followers and 107,000 following him on Instagram). But it’s not all about stats on social media; his virtuosic bass chops and his battles with fellow YouTuber Davie 504 continue to push the role of the bass forward. In this interview Charles sits down with Jonathan Herrera to talk about his time at Berklee, his early recollections of Victor Wooten and the power of social media.

Apr 21, 2022
167 - Has Being A PRO Musician Changed FOREVER! With Scott & Ian

Social Media continues to revolutionize just about everything we do - and the music industry is no exception. But one question has so far gone largely unanswered - can you still succeed without a huge following on social media? In today’s episode Ian and Scott share some pros and cons of the rise of social media.

Apr 14, 2022
166 - Does Gear EVEN MATTER! With Ian
Every bass player dreams of finding that perfect instrument, but does gear really matter? Will it get you a better gig? Or help you to become a better bassist? It’s a question that often causes a bit of a stir in the online bass community. So in this episode, Ian Allison delves deeper into when, and if, gear really matters.
Apr 07, 2022
165 - When Should You QUIT The Day Job? With Scott & Ian

Is there ever a ‘right time’ to quit your day job and follow a full-time career in music? Being a professional musician sounds amazing, but can you really make enough money? And what if it just gets old like any other job? If you are already asking yourself these questions, then you’ve probably decided that one day you want to change your life and follow a career in music. In today’s episode Scott and Ian run through some of the key things to consider before quitting your desk job.

Mar 31, 2022
164 - Why Is JAZZ So SCARY? (And Who Cares?) with Scott & Ian

It’s understandable when casual music fans have no idea what’s going on in jazz. No other genre divides people so greatly – but why? If you’re outside of the jazz circle looking in, wondering why it can be so intimidating, then this episode is for you.

Mar 24, 2022
163 - GET. YOUR. SH!T TOGETHER With Scott & Ian

In today’s episode Ian and Scott share some great tips that will help streamline your bass playing roadmap. Want to manage your time better? Organize your brain space? Or make some literal space in your studio? Here’s how fine-tuning your workflow can help get you there.

Mar 18, 2022
162 - P Basses Vs. J Basses. Which Is Best For You And Why. With Scott & Ian
So, you’re wondering what the differences between a Fender Jazz and a Fender Precision really boil down to, right? They might have come off the same drawing board, but if you think they sound the same, you're wrong. They probably feel the same to play? Wrong again. In today’s episode Scott and Ian try to settle a debate that’s raged on for decades.
Mar 10, 2022
161 - A Bass Player's Studio Checklist with Scott & Ian

Did you grow up dreaming about your favorite bass players tearing it up in the recording studio, hoping you could one day do the same? Working in a recording studio is quite different to practicing at home - some of the habits that you've picked up over the years just won't apply and you need to make sure you're properly prepared. In today’s episode, Ian and Scott run through their essential studio checklist.

Mar 03, 2022
160 - Can You Play Bass Without Reading Music? With Scott & Ian

Reading music is a subject that can strike fear into the heart of many aspiring musicians. It’s a tough skill to learn, but do bass players REALLY need to read sheet music? If your ambition is to be in a three chord punk band then you won’t be too worried. But there are TONS of great benefits, as Ian and Scott explore in this episode.

Feb 24, 2022
159 - Sound Craft: In Conversation with John Davis

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, John Davis is a master of synth-bass tones and electronic music. A multi-faceted bassist with Jojo Mayer’s Nerve, John has developed an extraordinary facility to emulate almost any sequenced synth bassline from his bass guitar and pedalboard in real time.

Feb 17, 2022
158 - Doubling Down On YOU with Ian

Learning to invest in yourself could be the best move you ever make as a musician. By making small changes, the positive effects can be huge! In today’s episode Ian talks through some of the key decisions that he made to help change his life for the better.

Feb 10, 2022
157 - Do You HAVE To Transcribe? With Scott & Ian

​Should you or should you not write down everything that you practice? Transcribing for the sake of filling up pages with dots might make you feel like you’ve done your homework, but it won’t necessarily teach you as much as you think. In today’s episode, Ian and Scott discuss the ins and outs of learning by ear.

Feb 03, 2022
156 - Does AGE Actually Matter? With Scott & Ian
There’s often a lot of pressure to ‘make it’ as a young musician and it can sometimes feel that if you haven’t found fame by age 21, then you’re done for. While breaking into the music industry at an older age can be a daunting venture, there are countless artists who’ve proved it’s possible. In today’s episode Ian and Scott set out to show that age doesn’t matter.
Jan 28, 2022
155 - When You're Crippled By FEAR with Scott & Ian

Having stage fright doesn’t mean you’re not meant to perform or that you’re not good at what you do, but you should know how to tackle it so that if it ever strikes, you’ll be ready! In today’s episode Scott and Ian discuss how to face your fears and achieve your goals.

Jan 20, 2022
154 - Shooting at the Wrong Basket with Ian

In today’s episode Ian answers your questions about his favourite Jazz Bass, his first-call stompboxes and how his bass playing career all started on the basketball court in 7th Grade. Find out all of that and more in this episode!

Jan 13, 2022
153 - Scott’s Business Blueprint (How to Make Money Online)

Thinking about starting a new online business? Now is the perfect time to make it happen. And if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve already come up with a few ideas. In today’s episode Scott talks you through his own blueprint for making money online.

Jan 07, 2022
152 - Finding The Sound: In Conversation with Larry Grenadier

Having worked with an array of jazz greats while still a teenager in his hometown of San Francisco, Larry Grenadier rose to prominence in New York during the 1990s, performing alongside Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny and Paul Motian.

Whether you know him best for his enduring partnership with the Brad Mehldau trio, or as part of the group Fly with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard, Larry has built up a reputation as one of the finest double bassists in jazz. In this interview, he talks to Jonathan Herrera about his thoughts on technique, tone and the secrets of improvisation.

Dec 23, 2021
151 - How to Create Killer Content (Part 2) with Scott & Ian

So how do you choose the best social media platform? It’s impossible to be active on every social media outlet out there. In today’s episode, Scott and Ian are hoping to get rid of some of that pressure you're feeling and simplify the process of creating your own content.

Dec 16, 2021
150 - How to Create Killer Content (Part 1) with Scott & Ian

The content you post on social media has the power to turn your followers into fans, but how do you compete with a never-ending flow of viral videos? Elevating your production value is one way to increase your chances of finding an audience among the noise. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the gear that Ian and Scott recommend for today’s content creators.

Dec 10, 2021
149 - The 10 Commandments to Keeping the Gig with Scott & Ian

Congratulations! You nailed the audition and you got the gig. Now the real work starts! Although there’s no substitute for mastering the set list, being part of a successful band requires more than hitting the right notes. Just like you did your homework before the audition, there are some concrete steps you can take to make sure you stick around for the long haul.

Dec 03, 2021
148 - The 10 Commandments to Getting the Gig with Scott & Ian

For any aspiring bass player, playing live is one of the best ways to really level up. But isn't getting a gig really hard? Getting your first gig needn't be difficult if you follow the ten commandments laid out in this episode. With these ten tips you’ll have the knowledge and resources to take the stage in no time!

Nov 25, 2021
147 - The Gig Triangle with Scott & Ian

Ever heard of the gig triangle? The idea is to use three characteristics (good pay, great songs and the hang!) to help figure out what works and what doesn't work for any particular gig. So, how balanced is your gig triangle? Are you hitting 3 out of 3?  In this episode Ian and Scott explore what might be holding you back.

Nov 18, 2021
146 - Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Effects Pedals with Scott & Ian

The search for the perfect bass sound has taken bass-kind from the swamps of analog fuzz to today’s age of digital ‘perfection’. In today’s episode Scott and Ian examine the main types of multi-fx and chart the unstoppable rise of the stomp box. Enjoy the episode!

Nov 12, 2021
145 - The Ups and Downs of Family Life as a Musician with Scott & Ian

How many times have you wished there were more hours in the day? Demanding gigs, impossible workloads, 24/7 email and social media – no wonder so many musicians struggle to make the shift back to family time. In this episode Scott and Ian offer up their advice for striking a balance between your day-to-day life and your life as a musician.

Nov 05, 2021
144 - Groove Vs Chops (which is more important?) with Scott & Ian

In this episode Ian and Scott address the age old question. Groove or Chops? If you’re in team groove then you’ll swear by keeping things simple. But let’s not kid ourselves, players with awesome chops are what got us into bass playing in the first place! Let’s dive into both sides of the argument.

Oct 29, 2021
143 - In Conversation with Jacob Collier - Raising the Bar

A Grammy-winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Jacob Collier became an internet sensation in the early 2010s with his split-screen cover version of Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely, in which multiple Colliers appear in intricate a cappella harmonies.

Since then, Jacob has signed with Quincy Jones’ Management Company, given TED Talks and appeared in NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, played with Pharrell Williams at Coachella and has even helped Hans Zimmer finish a film score. In this interview, Scott gets the backstory on the creativity behind his incredible musicianship.

Oct 21, 2021
142 - Does Motivation Even Exist? With Scott & Ian

Have you ever felt motivated to do something, but then you never actually did it? The truth is, everyone goes through periods where they have no motivation to do anything, but getting yourself out of your rut doesn’t have to be a huge project. In this episode, Ian and Scott talk about motivation. What it is and how it can supercharge your bass playing.

Oct 15, 2021
141 - The Fear of Being Fired with Scott & Ian

So you’ve been busy practicing. You’ve got a few songs under your belt that don’t suck, and now you’re ready to show the world what you've got. But whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, we all experience that little voice in our heads that says we are going to fail miserably. So, what can you do?

Oct 08, 2021
140 - Pro Tips for Better Practice with Scott & Ian

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could allocate your practice time without feeling overwhelmed by technical exercises that bore you to death and make you dread touching the bass. In this episode Ian and Scott share their top tips for making the most out of your routine.

Sep 30, 2021
139 - Finding Your Voice with Scott & Ian

When it comes to discussing the history of the bass guitar, nearly all of our bass heroes sounded unique. So how do you tap into your own inner voice? Today’s episode begins with Ian’s love of Star Wars and ends with Scott offering up his advice to help you on your own path toward developing your sound.

Sep 24, 2021
138 - Set Your Goals and Make Them Happen with Scott & Ian

How often do you set goals for yourself? Maybe you want to learn a new song in time for band practice this week. Or you want to self-fund your debut album and go on tour. It’s part of the mindset that makes you a musician. So what do you want to achieve in the next 12 months? Here’s what you need to know.

Sep 17, 2021
137 - G.A.S Pt. 2 - Why Custom Guitars Are King with Scott & Ian

So you’ve spent days walking around your favorite guitar shop and picking up standard issue basses hanging on the wall, but sometimes it’s simply not worth waiting for ‘the one’ to appear by chance. In this episode Ian and Scott explore the idea of getting a custom made instrument. What would you go for if money were no object?

Sep 10, 2021
136 - G.A.S: It’s a Thing with Scott & Ian

You’ve seen the bass you want, and only this bass can bring true happiness. But seriously…

The chances are you’re suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a condition commonly referred to as G.A.S. A quick look at the tabs on your browser, or dip into your search history – Sweetwater,, eBay, Craigslist etc. – will present all the signs. In this episode Ian and Scott explain what it is, how you already have it and why that’s no bad thing.

Sep 02, 2021
135 - In Conversation with Robert ‘Bubby’ Lewis - What It Is

Robert ‘Bubby’ Lewis is a creative force on the electric bass. His sheer speed, fluidity and conviction is awesome, but he can also groove, with uncanny endurance on ridiculously uptempo tunes.

Bubby started out playing in his father’s church at age 14, and soon made a name for himself around his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Bubby was later hired by Snoop Dog (on the recommendation of Andrew Gouche) and has since gone on to work with the likes of Dr. Dre, Lupe Fiasco, Kim Burrell, The Clarke Sisters and AI.

Aug 26, 2021
134 - The Changing World of Artist Endorsements with Scott & Ian

What would you do if a major guitar company offered you an endorsement deal? Many people would jump at the chance, thinking it’s their ticket to becoming a proper bass guitar icon. But if you don’t know what you’re getting into, an artist endorsement might not feel like a win for all involved. Speaking of which…

Aug 19, 2021
133 - How to Handle Your Haters with Scott & Ian

In this episode of the podcast, Scott and Ian talk about hate and criticism on the internet. Why do people vent such toxic opinions online? And how do you react when people leave angry comments on YouTube, or tweet negative things about you? In this episode we find out who these anonymous ‘internet warriors’ are, and how to put your haters to good use.

Aug 12, 2021
132 - How Social Media is Changing Music with Scott & Ian

​After some amazing feedback, we were finally motivated to take the plunge and start a podcast! And if you have been keeping up with SBL over on YouTube or Instagram lately, you will already know that I have been absolutely obsessing over the bass exploits of Ian Allison. So, I thought I'd better get him on the podcast too!

For our first solo episode, we are going to be speaking about one of the most frequently asked questions I get - how to stay on track with social media.

Aug 05, 2021
131 - In Conversation with Darryl Jones - Synchronicity

After more than 50 years together, the Rolling Stones remain one of the biggest live acts in the world. And for bassist Darryl Jones, his audition in 1993 led to a steady gig, touring and playing on just about everything they have recorded since. Jones, who spent most of the ’80s as the go-to bassist for the likes of Sting and Madonna, started his career on the South Side of Chicago and actually cut his teeth with Miles Davis. In this interview, Jonathan Herrera catches up with Darryl to find out what life is like in the world’s most rocking’ rock band.

Jun 30, 2021
130 - In Conversation with Stu Hamm - Just Outside of Normal

Throughout his career, Stu Hamm has pushed the technical boundaries of the bass guitar, firmly establishing himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. In the late ‘80s he redefined the limits of slap and tap techniques - there are some great examples on his debut album Radio Free Albemuth. In this interview, the sometimes Joe Satriani and Steve Vai sideman delivers a solid look beneath the surface of his career.

May 05, 2021
129 - In Conversation with John Patitucci - Line by Line

John Patitucci needs no introduction from us - this man is bass legend! And who would argue. John’s career has seen him emerge as one of the most accomplished and adventurous bass players of his generation. In this interview he tells Jonathan Herrera about the life-changing moment of hearing James Jamerson for the first time, how he came to pick up the 6-string electric bass, and what it felt like playing with Chick Corea. You’re also going to hear an exclusive performance from John and guitarist Yotam Silberstein.

Mar 17, 2021
128 - SBL Interviews: All the best bits so far… Part 4 - Getting The Gig

If you live for live music and you’re climbing the walls waiting to get back out there gigging, we’ve got your back. In this interview we’re delving back into the SBL archives to find out how some of the world’s top bass players actually got their gigs, what you should expect from an audition and why your social skills are often WAY more valuable than having great chops.

Jan 13, 2021
127 - SBL Interviews: All the best bits so far… Part 3 - Practice like the Pro’s

The best bass players spend hours practicing on their own. Find out what you can do away from the stage to fine-tune your skills as we take a timely look back on the idea of practice as seen by the likes of Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin, Victor Wooten and more as we delve back into the SBL interview archives.

Nov 25, 2020
126 - SBL Interviews: All the best bits so far… Part 2 - Bass Gear

​We delve into our interview archives once again to look back on some of the blockbuster moments with the biggest names in bass, such as the time Scott interviewed Tim Lefebvre and got the lowdown on his insane pedalboard. Or when he sat down with Henrik Linder at the end of 2018 after his knock out set at the London Bass Guitar Show.​​

Oct 07, 2020
125 - SBL Interviews All the best bits so far - Part 1 - Why the Bass

In this week's video we’re taking a look at some of the best interview moments so far…

Aug 26, 2020
124 - In Conversation with Bryan Beller - You Know What…?

Still holding the bass chair with Joe Satriani as well as his own power trio, The Aristocrats, in this week's interview we sit down with Bryan Beller.

Jul 15, 2020
123 - In Conversation with Jeff Berlin - High Standards

There is no other bass player on earth like Jeff Berlin. Since he first emerged on the electric bass in the 1970s, Jeff has worked with a who’s who of jazz icons including Tony Williams, Allan Holdsworth, Gil Evans, George Benson, Dave Liebman AND the Brecker Brothers.

Jun 10, 2020
122.5 - In Conversation with Jack Frisch - Studio Stories from NYC

In today’s interview we sit down with Jack Frisch as he recalls his encounters with Jaco Pastorius in the mid ‘80s.​

May 13, 2020
122 - In Conversation with Tom Kennedy - Bass Comes First

In this week’s interview I’ll be sitting down with bassist to some of the most influential jazz artists of the past few decades; Tom Kennedy.

Apr 22, 2020
121 - In Conversation with Derrick Hodge - The New Groove

In this week's interview I talk to Derrick Hodge, bassist for the likes of Jill Scott, Q-Tip, Terence Blanchard and, of course, the Robert Glasper Experiment.

Mar 11, 2020
120 - In Conversation with Jon Button - Next Generation

Jon Button is the bass powerhouse behind one of the most gargantuan bands in rock history; The Who.

Jan 29, 2020
119 - In Conversation with Tim Lefebvre - Badass Bass

Having provided the low end for Wayne Krantz, Bryan Adams, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Donny McCaslin, The Late Show, Knower and Empire of the Sun over the years, an invite to record on David Bowie’s spellbinding Blackstar album transformed Tim Lefebvre’s career path and artistic freedom overnight.

Dec 18, 2019
118 - In Conversation with John Ferrara - Consider The Source

Expanding upon some of the technical concepts firmly established by the likes of Michael Manring, Victor Wooten and Doug Wimbish, John Ferrara is pioneering a non-traditional approach to the electric bass that incorporates two-handed tapping and some pretty extensive explorations with effects.

Nov 13, 2019
117 - In Conversation with George Porter Jr. - Funkify Your Life

Having inspired a generation of bass players to try and master Cissy Strut, George Porter Jr.’s bass playing remains as funky as ever.

Oct 02, 2019
116 - In Conversation with Matt McJunkins - A Perfect Circle

​So you want to play in a rock band? In this interview bassist Matt McJunkins offers up his advice for breaking onto the scene.​

Aug 21, 2019
115 - In Conversation with Andres Rotmistrovsky - From Buenos Aires to Berklee

In this interview Scott meets a master of the extended-range bass, Andres Rotmistrovsky, who did time at Berklee with the legendary Matt Garrison!

Jul 17, 2019
114 - In Conversation with Sharay Reed - Gospel Chops

In this interview I talk with Sharay Reed; a vital force within the international music scene with an impressive resume.

Jun 05, 2019
113 - In Conversation with Michael League - Snarky Puppy

In this interview Michael League lifts the lid on his musical education, including his time at North Texas State, the conception of Snarky Puppy and his lifelong love of groove music.

Apr 24, 2019
112 - In Conversation With Billy Sheehan - Get Ready to ROCK!

In this interview I talk to Billy Sheehan about his unbelievable career (and his monstrous bass chops!)

Mar 13, 2019
111 - In Conversation with Sheldon Dingwall - Dingwall Guitars | The Life and Times of Sheldon Dingwall

In this interview I caught up with Sheldon Dingwall to talk fanned frets and get the low-down on a killer Dingwall model, the D-Bird.

Jan 30, 2019
110 - In Conversation with Vicky Warwick - A Bass Player’s Guide to Surviving NYC

In this interview Vicky Warwick lends an insight into her evolution as a bassist in New York City.

Dec 19, 2018
109 - In Conversation with Verdine White - Earth, Wind & Fire

In this interview I sit down with the phenomenal Verdine White, bassist with soul & disco legends Earth, Wind & Fire.

Nov 07, 2018
108 - In Conversation with Adam Neely & Evan Marien - New Ways to Survive as an Independent Musician

In this interview I sit down with SBL faculty members, Adam Neely and Evan Marien, to discuss how social media has changed the game for everyone in the music business.

Sep 26, 2018
107 - In Conversation with Henrik Linder - Behind The Player

In this interview I dig a little deeper into the bass playing of Dirty Loops bassist, Henrik Linder!

Aug 15, 2018
106 - In Conversation with James Quinlan - Bassically Speaking

In this interview NYC resident, James Quinlan, talks us through his evolution as a bassist.

Jul 11, 2018
105 - In Conversation with Brad Miller - Brave New Bass

In this interview I catch up with one of the bass world’s rising stars - Brad Miller.

Jun 13, 2018
104 - In Conversation with Moto Fukushima - House of Waters

In this interview I talk to Moto Fukushima about his breathtaking technique and his stellar trio.

May 09, 2018
103 - In Conversation with Oteil Burbridge - From the Allman Brothers to Dead & Company

In this interview I talk to Oteil Burbridge about his drum-rooted rhythmic approach and how he’s taken the 6-string bass to new heights.

Apr 16, 2018
102 - In Conversation with Kevin Scott - Forq

Today’s interview with Kevin Scott is one of our greatest of all time! Or at least, that’s how I remembered it. ;-)

Mar 28, 2018
101 - In Conversation with Gail Ann Dorsey - From Bowie to Brooklyn

In today’s podcast I talk to Gail Ann Dorsey about gigging with some of popular music’s all-time greats…

Mar 07, 2018
052 - In Conversation with Kai Eckhardt - Playing with John McLaughlin

In today’s podcast we catch up with the truly phenomenal Kai Eckhardt.

A star sideman to the likes of John Mclaughlin and Billy Cobham, Kai Eckhardt has forged an incredible career based on his subliminal bass tones and melodic solos. Driven by an unshakeable dedication to music, he easily qualifies as one of the most important bass voices of his generation. We spoke for over an hour about all manner of things, from melody and chord sequences to touring and moving to America.

Dec 05, 2016
051 - In Conversation with Scott Devine - The Story Behind Scott's Bass Lessons

In today’s podcast I sit down with Geoff to share my story.

My love affair with the bass started in the North West of England, where I got a job as an apprentice luthier at Overwater Basses. During the next few years, I landed a gig on a cruise ship where I learned the ropes, before setting up having been told that I wouldn’t be able to play bass again due to a neurological disorder. After discovering that silk gloves could help me regain control of my playing, I set about putting the finishing touches to SBL. Of course, it didn’t all happen overnight, and who better to delve a little deeper than our very own Geoff Chalmers.

Nov 28, 2016